Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Monday, September 5, 2016

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn't stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding...

I didn't see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn't know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I've spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?


Purchase: Amazon ~ Kindle

This is the third Renee Carlino book that I have read. It is also the best. I fell in love with this book from the first page. This book is about the one that got away, but somehow came back again. 

Matt and Grace met in college, little did they know they were soul mates. They became fast friends and the rest was history. 

That is, until Matt left for South Africa for his dream career. When he left, they lost contact due to the lack of communications in a less fortunate country. Matt married another woman and seemed to have moved on. Only he didn't move on. He realized that when he saw his Gracie at the subway.

They meet together again, only to find out new things that would change both of their lives. 

They argue, the fight, they love. 

Before We Were Strangers is a fantastic read and I think those of you who have had the second chance love, you need to read this book.

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